- 1 The online US tax prep solution for international students and scholars
- 2 Can You Be a Resident of Two States at the Same Time?
The online US tax prep solution for international students and scholars
Sprintax is an easy-to-use system that will guide you through each part of the 1040NR tax return process.Just complete the registration form to get started.
“As an international student, a tax return is always a nightmare because of its complexity. Now I just finished my first application and it was very simple. So happy!“
Oregon State University
“It was so helpful! Thank you!“
“Easy to use for international students“
“Sprintax.com was very helpful for me as a non-resident who is not used to answering this amount of information relating to income tax. Thanks a lot. “
University of California San Diego
“It's nice for me to be able to chat and ask questions. Thank you.“
University of California
“It was easier than the one I used last year“
Southern Methodist University
“The Sprintax software has been built for the needs of international students. The system is a breeze to follow and is simple enough!“
The University of Texas at Dallas
“Thanks to my school for providing this software for international students. I've never known filing tax can be this stress-free. Simply awesome! Thank you, UMKC, and thank you, Sprintax!“
University of Missouri-Kansas City
“This was my second time using Sprintax and both times I have had a wonderful experience. Very easy to use, user-friendly site with step-by-step guidance to walk you through the process. Also, the print outs are very useful and clearly state which copies to file and which copies are for your records. A definite five stars from me!“
University of Dubuque
“First time I experienced this website. Like the methods provided so far“
Minnesota State University Mankato
“I had no clue what I needed to do and Sprintax made it so easy! THANK YOU, I will use this service from now on“
New York University
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University of Pittsburgh
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Pennsylvania state university
The College of William and Mary
“It was quick and easy“
University of South Carolina
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Florida Atlantic University
“Sprintax was recommended to me. I was referred from TurboTax. It was easy to use“
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“I found Sprintax online. I tried to use TurboTax but I am a Canadian student and Sprintax is the international student’s version so perfect for me. The software was clear and straightforward“
University of Cincinnati
“I wanted to file a State tax return and went to the TurboTax website but because I am a non-resident alien and an international student TurboTax mentioned that they don’t cover this status and they recommended me to use Sprintax. It was very easy to use and I really liked the fact that you could order a State tax return separately, you do not necessarily need to pick both Federal and State and this was very useful. It was a positive experience!“
“It was very easy and good. I heard that other people have used it before and tried it. I would recommend it“
Seattle Pacific University
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Santa Barbara City College
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University of Mary (North Dakota)
Can You Be a Resident of Two States at the Same Time?
You can be a resident of two states but you may want to avoid it.
If your life mostly involves just one state, filing state taxes is relatively simple. When your life involves more than one state, things can get complicated pretty quickly.
Everything depends on residency. It determines where you have to file, what kind of return you have to file, and how much you’ll be taxed. The problem is, determining residency is more complicated than it sounds. The states have convoluted and differing definitions of what constitutes a resident.
Generally, you can only be a full resident of one state. Most filers who spend time in two states end up filing a resident return to one state and a non-resident return to the other.
Yes, it is possible to be a resident of two different states at the same time, though it’s pretty rare. One of the most common of these situations involves someone whose domicile is their home state, but who has been living in a different state for work for more than 184 days. In a situation like this it is conceivable that you could be the resident of two states.
Filing as a resident in two states should be avoided whenever possible. States where you are a resident have the right to tax ALL of your income. This is regardless of where it was earned. If you are a resident of two states, you will likely end up paying more in state taxes than if you were a resident of just one, or a resident of one state and a nonresident of another.
The first thing to do if you think it’s possible that you could qualify as a resident in more than one state is to check the definitions of residency. Each state has its own definition of who constitutes a resident. It’s possible that, according to the exact definitions of the law, that you aren’t actually a resident of two states.
Generally you are considered a resident if your domicile is that state, or (if your domicile is another state) you maintained a permanent place of abode in that state and spent more than 184 days there during the year.
Most state tax authorities have a page explaining what exactly constitutes a resident in their state. If you can’t find a page on their website, try checking the tax return instructions themselves. Most include a section on residency.
If you only worked in a state, or lived there for a brief amount of time – in a vacation home, for example – you likely aren’t a resident. In this case, you’d only file as a resident in your normal home state. You would then file as a nonresident in the other state only if you earned money there.
If you move from one state to another during the year, you’ll file as a part-year resident in both states. You’ll be treated as a resident of each state for only the days that you lived in that state. This will help you to avoid being double-taxed. Don’t make the mistake of filing as a resident in both states if you permanently left one state and moved to another.
Exemptions for students, military personnel, expats, etc.
Most states also have exemptions for students who attend college out-of-state as well as members of the military and their spouses who often have to move from one state to another. These people are generally considered residents of their home states.
For more information about filing taxes in two different states, please refer to this blog post. And don’t forget, you can always file a return for multiple states with the help of RapidTax.
This entry was posted on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 1:16 pm and is filed under State Taxes | Blog.